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An Open Lecture held by Michael Share from University of Macau

On November 5, at 15:00 in the HSE, with the participation of the International Laboratory for Study of World Order and New Regionalism, an open lecture was held by the professor of the University of Macau, Michael Share, on the topic “The Hong Kong Protest Movement of 2019:A Greek tragedy in the Making”.

Michael Share is a Professor at the University of Macau and an expert in the spheres of Chino-Russian relations and British and European history. In his lecture, the professor described in detail the process of conflict in Hong Kong in 2019, the reasons that led to this conflict, and also compared the protest movement with protests of five years ago in Hong Kong, called the "Umbrella Revolution."

The professor sees the main causes of the aforementioned protest movement in breaking the number of promises by the Beijing government within the format of ‘one country, two systems’ as well as the inefficient policy of regional government. The brutal attempts of the local police to eliminate the riots are expected to lead to large explosions of discontent on the part of the population, and if the demands of the protesters are not met, one can expect, according to the professor, the most serious consequences. In order to prevent such tragic consequences it is highly necessary both to implement social, political and economic reforms and accomplish the nonintervention policy in the quasidemocratic region.